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December 25, 2021, 7:35 AM

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Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
Microsoft cancels in-person plans for CES, joining Google, Meta, Amazon, Twitter, and others, amid ongoing concerns over COVID-19  —  Microsoft joins Intel, GM, Amazon, and Google in canceling  —  Microsoft is the latest company to drop a physical presence at CES, as the increased prevalence of COVID-19 spooks exhibitors.
Reuters:
Dutch antitrust regulator orders Apple to let dating apps in the App Store offer alternative payment systems by January 15 or face up to a €50M fine  —  The Netherlands' top competition regulator on Friday said Apple Inc (AAPL.O) broke the country's competition laws and ordered changes …
Reuters:
Russian court fines Google ~$98M and Meta ~$27M for repeated failure to delete content it deems illegal, Russia's first two revenue-based fines of their kind  —  A Moscow court on Friday said it was fining Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) 7.2 billion roubles ($98 million) for what it said was a repeated failure …
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Analysis: Terra becomes the 2nd largest blockchain for DeFi protocols by total value locked at $18B+, up 42,000% from Dec. 2020, surpassing Binance Smart Chain  —  Decentralized payments network Terra is now the second-largest blockchain for decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols in terms of total value locked (TVL).
Aamir Siddiqui / XDA Developers:
Leaked Android 13 “Tiramisu” screenshots show features like per-app language selection, runtime permissions for notifications, and lock screen clock layouts  —  Android 12 is the current flavor of the season as OEMs go on to update their skins with this new release as their base.
Andrew Martin / Bloomberg:
The White House invites major software companies and developers to discuss improving open-source security, starting with a one-day event in January  —  White House officials are asking major software companies and developers to work with them to improve the security of open-source software, according to an administration official.
Neal E. Boudette / New York Times:
Tesla agrees to release a software update that blocks its Passenger Play gaming feature while the vehicle is in motion, after the NHTSA opened an investigation  —  Tesla has agreed to modify software in its cars to prevent drivers and passengers from playing video games on the dashboard screens …
Dan Gallagher / Wall Street Journal:
Ahead of the holidays, the biggest game releases from EA, Take-Two, and Activision have received poor reviews, capping a difficult year for the industry  —  Problems with latest ‘Call of Duty,’ ‘Battlefield’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’ releases follow tough year for videogame stocks

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